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Exploring automatic color correction in manual mode

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In this video, I'd like to talk about and show you and discuss the Automatic Color Correction tool that's available to you in the Manual mode. In other corrections such as the target-based correction and neutral-based corrections that we accomplished, we did everything numerically; we used our color sampler points like you see here and in fact, this is one of the images that we used for the neutral based color correction. So I want to use this same image that you can compare the results with the auto correction that we're going to do right now. The auto correction capabilities, which are built-in, have a variety of different choices.

Exploring automatic color correction in manual mode

In this video, I'd like to talk about and show you and discuss the Automatic Color Correction tool that's available to you in the Manual mode. In other corrections such as the target-based correction and neutral-based corrections that we accomplished, we did everything numerically; we used our color sampler points like you see here and in fact, this is one of the images that we used for the neutral based color correction. So I want to use this same image that you can compare the results with the auto correction that we're going to do right now. The auto correction capabilities, which are built-in, have a variety of different choices.

This is the Auto Correction tool right here where I'm pointing. Notice the little tick mark down there. If you just click and hold anywhere close to this, you'll see all the various built-in versions of the auto correction. First, just do the general auto correction that is Shift+A and that provides a correction and just while we're here, let's go ahead and you can always undo by just going Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt on Windows A or just Option or Alt in Windows and then click to remove the correction, either way.

Let's just look at the highlight; 211, 216, 228. If you remember this image, blue color cast right throughout. When we click up here and we apply just a regular auto correction; 222, 226, 239. A little bit better, but by no means neutral. Same thing in the midtone and the shadows; we still got the blue color cast. Let's try it with the Auto Color Correction and see if that's any better. Look at the top value; 222, 226, 239 in the white diffuse highlight; 227, 233, 239. A little bit better still, but still certainly not neutral.

Really, those are the two tools and particularly this one, the Color Correction, which are really kind of designed internally to try to neutralize an image. My point is that it improves the image, but you really don't come close to what you can do with the manual tools. What is of some interest here is you've got all these different types of scenes like Portraits and Snow and Night and Evening and Gold and Gold is gold film, and Technic and Skin and so forth. We have all these different ones, so you might scan a portrait and then choose Portrait for the correction and then take a look at the Histogram, take a look at the Gradation tool and see what SilverFast has applied.

The basic intelligence built into these tools is really quite good. The fact that it doesn't correct every single image perfectly is no surprise, because images are so different. But for instance, here underneath the Gradation tool, previously in this course, we scanned a portrait image and we talked about controlling contrast. And I said for landscape images and product shots, you want a nice S-shaped curve to improve contrast. Whereas for portrait, you want to kind of flatten it a little bit, reverse S. Well, guess what, when you choose portrait underneath the automatic correction, it's exactly what it does.

So my point is it's a great learning tool and it may be a good starting place. But if you really want to get control of your scans; you want to get the colors to be just right--like in this one here we wanted the whites to pop, we wanted the shadows to be dark, we wanted to remove all of that blue color cast--we get good saturation of colors. We're probably not going to get it using the Automatic Correction tools. You may get once in a while, but you won't know when. So I just wanted to show you the difference; show you that it's a good tool; a starting place; and as a teaching tool. But if you want the best quality, you want dependable consistent results that you can depend upon when you leave the scanning program and go to use it elsewhere into print, you're probably going to want to really go the full manual route.

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Scanning with SilverFast

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  1. 5m 19s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      43s
    3. Taking the Tazmanian Oath
      3m 38s
  2. 19m 14s
    1. Launching SilverFast
      4m 2s
    2. Touring the SilverFast interface
      3m 35s
    3. Understanding SilverFast's scanning workflows
      4m 28s
    4. Using automated vs. manual scanning
      4m 31s
    5. Getting help as you use SilverFast
      2m 38s
  3. 32m 46s
    1. Touring the SilverFast 8 automatic scanning tools
      6m 7s
    2. Preparing for automatic scanning
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging your workspace
      4m 23s
    4. Setting up color management
      4m 43s
    5. Setting scan frame and resolution
      3m 55s
    6. Adjusting, naming, formatting, and locating an image
      8m 24s
    7. Previewing scan settings with the info tool
      1m 8s
  4. 1h 7m
    1. Scanning simple line art
      8m 6s
    2. Scanning detailed line art
      8m 9s
    3. Scanning grayscale photos
      11m 43s
    4. Scanning color photos
      11m 17s
    5. Scanning a color photo as a grayscale image
      12m 15s
    6. Scanning a positive piece of film
      6m 52s
    7. Scanning a negative piece of film
      8m 39s
  5. 26m 1s
    1. Touring the manual scanning tools
      7m 19s
    2. Setting preferences for manual scanning
      10m 0s
    3. Calibrating your scanner
      3m 40s
    4. Arranging your workspace
      5m 2s
  6. 1h 35m
    1. Scanning simple line art and changing it into vectors
      7m 38s
    2. Scanning simple line art and keeping it as pixels
      5m 41s
    3. Scanning detailed line art
      8m 18s
    4. Scanning grayscale photos
      14m 5s
    5. Scanning landscape color photos
      15m 51s
    6. Scanning color portrait photos
      13m 56s
    7. Scanning color product shots
      9m 29s
    8. Scanning a color photo as a grayscale image
      4m 31s
    9. Scanning a piece of positive color film
      5m 52s
    10. Scanning a piece of negative color film
      9m 56s
  7. 1h 0m
    1. Should I use SilverFast or Photoshop?
      4m 9s
    2. Making global color corrections
      4m 37s
    3. Bringing out shadow details
      4m 28s
    4. Making a selective color replacement
      3m 21s
    5. Sharpening in SilverFast
      7m 15s
    6. Working with target-based corrections
      4m 55s
    7. Color correcting with neutrals
      10m 19s
    8. Exploring automatic color correction in manual mode
      3m 35s
    9. Scanning a printed image
      5m 49s
    10. High-bit-depth and HDR scanning
      5m 28s
    11. Removing noise and patterns
      3m 32s
    12. Removing dust and scratches
      3m 30s
  8. 7m 2s
    1. Batch scanning images
      1m 28s
    2. Using the JobManager
      4m 16s
    3. Exploring SilverFast 8 shortcuts and tips
      1m 18s
  9. 1m 29s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 29s

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